QUICK & EASY SOLUTIONS: SET UP A GO-TO STOR­AGE SPOT

Gather all your fre­quently used kitchen tools and sup­plies in one handy place—so you can grab what you need in a hurry.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER RE­NEE FREEMON MUL­VI­HILL

RETRO­FIT A CABI­NET to cre­ate a cen­tral spot for kitchen essen­tials. This old en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter, op­po­site, looks and works great with a new coat of paint and clever DIY tricks, such as peg­board added to the back for hang­ing skil­lets and uten­sils and 4- inch PVC pipes cut to size for nestling wine bot­tles.

RE­VIEW YOUR ROU­TINE and de­posit the items you use on a daily ba­sis in your go-to spot. Pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Kathy Jenk­ins sug­gests in­clud­ing a wooden spoon, spat­ula, sauté pan, 2- quart pot, tongs, mea­sur­ing spoons/cups, oven mitts, knives, and a cut­ting board.

ADD A PLACE FOR NOTES so you can jot down items for the next gro­cery trip. Chalk­board paint cre­ates an erasable memo board on this cabi­net, be­low left. It’s easy for all to use and see, and with a snap of a phone cam­era on the way out the door, it turns into an old-fash­ioned memo pad.

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